Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple

Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple

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The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is the 49th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The temple is located in American Fork, Utah. When the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple was announced, President Gordon B. Hinckley explained that it would relieve demands placed on the Provo Utah Temple, which “is operating far beyond its designed capacity.”



The temple was announced by Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the church’s First Presidency, in general conference on October 3, 1992. At the time it was announced only as another temple for Utah County. The exact location, on land in American Fork previously used as a church welfare farm, was announced at the following conference six months later.[1]


The groundbreaking ceremony and site dedication took place one year later on October 9, 1993. Ground was broken for the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple a year after its announcement. Approximately 12,000 people gathered on the temple site for the ceremony. During the services, the location of the Madrid Spain Temple was announced.


Much work went into beautifying the area surrounding the temple. To prepare for the six-week public open house, held from August 6 to September 21, 1996, officials of the city of American Fork and Utah County worked with the Church to improve existing roads by paving them and adding directional signs. Local sod farm owner Howard Ault, along with his family, donated seven acres of sod and coordinated volunteer efforts to install it on the temple grounds. A group of over 4,000 volunteers answered a last-minute call to improve the adjacent Utah State Developmental Center’s 160-acre site. When Stephen M. Studdert of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple Committee issued the call, local Church members quickly responded. On August 3, 1996, just three days before the open house began, each spent four hours at the temple site and the developmental center doing yard work such as weeding, pruning and picking up debris.

Open House

A total of 679,217 people toured the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple during the six weeks (August 10 – September 21, 1996) of its public open house. More than 800 children’s choirs – made up from nearly every ward and branch in the temple district – performed near the front entrance to the temple at least once during the open house.[1] During the open house, over 56,000 volunteers acted as guides and supervisors, pushing wheelchairs and answering questions for the visitors who toured the temple over the six-week period.


The Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple was dedicated on October 13, 1996 by LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley. The dedication lasted an entire week with three sessions on Sunday and four on each of the following days for a total of 27 dedicatory sessions.

Before the dedication, Hinckley and his two counselors in the First Presidency, Thomas S. Monson and James E. Faust, applied mortar to the temple’s cornerstone. They were followed by Boyd K. Packer, then Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; W. Eugene Hansen of the Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department; Robert J. Matthews, temple president; Stephen M. Studdert, vice chairman of the temple committee; and Hinckley’s wife, Marjorie.[2]

A total of 11,617 participated in the first dedicatory session, of which about 2,900 met in the temple. The others attended the session in the American Fork Tabernacle, 12 stake centers in Utah and Wasatch counties, and the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, locations to where proceedings of subsequent sessions were also transmitted. Like any temple dedication, admittance to the other locations was for worthy members of the church with a ticket from their bishops. Speakers for the first session were Hinckley, Monson, Faust and Packer. They were each accompanied to the temple by their wives.[]

About 38,000 attended the three sessions of dedication on the first day. During the week, Hinckley presided over and spoke in 11 dedicatory sessions, including the cornerstone ceremony. Monson and Faust each presided over eight dedicatory sessions, and each spoke in 11 sessions, which included the cornerstone ceremony. A total of 52 general authorities addressed the sessions, as well as the temple presidency and matron.[]

During the dedicatory prayer, President Hinckley asked the Lord to bless the temple and those who enter it, “May its beauty never be marred by evil hands. May it stand strong against the winds and storms that will beat upon it. May it be a beacon of peace and a refuge to the troubled. May it be a holy sanctuary to those whose burdens are heavy and who seek thy consoling comfort.” [3]

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order

The temple is the 49th operating temple in the world, the 25th in the United States,  the 9th built in Utah, and the second built in Utah County, following the Provo Utah Temple, which was dedicated in 1972.

At the Time of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple dedication there were 7 other temples under construction and another 7 awaiting groundbreaking.

Under Construction Awaiting Groundbreaking Undergoing Renovation
Bogota Colombia Nashville Tennessee
St. Louis Missouri Cochabamba Bolivia
Preston England Recife Brazil
Madrid Spain Boston Massachusetts
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Harrison New York
Vernal Utah Moterrey Mexico
Guayaquil Ecuador Billings Montana


In 2008 the Church performed an overhaul of the grounds in front of the temple. The new layout provides larger plaza areas for taking large group photographs. As part of this overhaul, a wedding door was added to the south end of the waiting area. This wedding door is where recently married couples are sent out of the temple, and where their families can congregate to wait for them. This keeps the crowds away from the entrances, and allows patrons quicker, unobstructed access to the temple.
Timp Entryway before the remodel

Mount Timpanogos Temple Entryway before the remodel

Timp entryway after the remodel


Temple President Years Served
President Ronald B. Funk 2017–
President Ralph W. Smith Jr. 2014–2017
President Noel B. Reynolds 2011–2014
President L. Edward Brown 2008–2011
President Lawrence S. Clarke 2005–2008
President Rex D. Pinegar 2002–2005
President Dee F. Andersen 1999–2002
President Robert J. Matthews 1996–1999

Located in northeast American Fork, the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple stands west of the majestic 11,750-foot Mount Timpanogos, providing the aptly named temple its stunning backdrop. A meetinghouse shares the temple site, which features beautiful grounds open to visitors, who are welcome to take in the colorful foliage, stroll its winding walkways, and feel the spirit of holiness surrounding this magnificent House of the Lord.

The temple occupies an expansive 17-acre site. A system of curved arches and planters guides patrons to the bronze doors of the entryway. The meticulously manicured grounds include a path that winds around the temple and many trees, shrubs and flowers that invite visitors to stroll through the peaceful setting.


The temple is 198 feet long by 145 feet wide.


The three-story structural steel building is clad in Sierra white granite, which changes hue depending on the time of day.


The windows on the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple feature designs of Frosted glass laid horizontally to appear like flowing water, combined with chunks of glass embedded to appear like large sections of falling water. The effect of the patterns etched and embeded into the glass give the effect of water running down the windows. Additionally the windows have an interwoven pattern of sections of dichroic glass. Dichroic glass is made by layering metals on  the glass allowing the color to shift when viewed from different angles. One feature of dichroic glass is that  when light is bounced off the glass, the color you see is a color the glass actually filters out.  When you see light passing through the glass, you see the opposite color, or what is left after the color has been filtered out. For this reason, the bright green vertical strips of glass on the North and south windows appear magenta, the opposite color, when the interior lights are on at night.



Many of the windows on the temple have keystones. These keystones are not structural, and cut through the trim around the windows and wrap up and around the top of the wall of the temple above the window.

Star Stones

There are 24 stars at the top of the main tower of the spire. 6 on each side of the temple, 3 to either side of the arched window.

Sun Stones

There are 16 sunstones on the temple, at the base of the tower, on some accompanying smaller blocks. Each block has a sun face on each side, pressed into the tin making up the sunstone pattern.

Moon Stones

On each of the four sides of the temple are 4 windows. At the top of each window are moonstones, each side having one of four phases. On the left, a full/new moon, then moving right, waning crescent, Waxing crescent, and waxing half moon.

Earth Stones

In a reflection of the Earthstones on the Salt Lake Temple, 7 Round features inside a square are at the corners of the temple, one on corner face, for two at each corner. The odd corner out is the south east corner, where the earth stone ont he east face has been replaced with the cornerstone. The features are comprised of cast concrete, rather than stone.


There are 2 inscriptions on the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. One is on the east side of the temple above the Celestial Room window. The inscription is engraved into the stone and gilded. The inscription, small for a temple of this size, also features the name of the Church.



The second Inscription on the Mount Timpanogos Utah temple was added to the temple in June of 2015. The inscription in etched into the glass of the west entrance, then gilded.




The cornerstone on the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is on the South east corner, east face. It is made of concrete, the text being engraved in the concrete and gilded.



Spires and Moroni


The single 190-foot spire rises from the center of the building in a light/near white tin cladding. At the base of the spire, smaller cubes are arrayed in two levels around the four corners of the tower, the upper layer of cubes having sun patterns pressed into them. The central portion of the spire is square with large vertical windows up each side, and a round top to each window. Above the center spire segment the spire tapers to a narrow square post leading up to the Angel Moroni.


Twenty-thousand people attended a ceremony as the angel Moroni statue was lifted to its resting place on the 190-foot (58 m) spire of the temple on 17 July 1995. Once the statue was in place, the throngs of visitors broke into applause and then spontaneously began to sing The Spirit of God.


The temple is 107,240-square-foot

The floor plan of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple is an adaption of the floor plan created for the Bountiful Utah Temple. The temples are nearly identical from the outside, though the spire on each is noticeably different.

four ordinance rooms, and eight sealing rooms.

The interior furnishings feature varying shades of mauve and gray accented with white and gold. Other interior highlights include architectural woodwork with a glossy white finish, marble floors and a white celestial room with plush furniture and a massive chandelier. Small prisms embedded in the art-glass windows refract many colors of light. A repeating motif of circles and waving lines is sculpted into the carpet, carved into the woodwork and gold-leafed onto the interior walls.

Individuals and Contractors

Architect of Record
 Allen Erekson
 Project Architect  Keith Stepan
Contractor  Okland Construction
Project Manager
Jerry Sears
Operation adviser  Michael Enfield

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Additional Articles


  1. [1] “Mount Timpanogos Temple to open doors to public”, Church News, May 18, 1996
  2. [2]van Orden, Dell (October 19, 1996), “Mount Timpanogos Temple dedicated”, Church News
  3. [3]“May it be a Beacon of Peace, Refuge”, Church News, October 19, 1996, 4

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